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Posted on: December 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City Council Adopts 2021 Budget

City Council seated at dais

During a regular meeting on December 2, City Council approved the 2021 Annual Budget. This action culminates a six-month process involving work from 11 departments, over 30 employees, and approximately 3,000 hours. 

The 2021 Adopted Budget has been developed with an emphasis on the four Strategic Plan directives of:

  • Public Safety
  • Planning & Infrastructure
  • Diversification of our Economic Base
  • Connectedness through Community Building

These are built upon the four guiding principles of Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relationships, Communication, Leadership, and Fiscal Responsibility.

The City of Grand Junction is a full-service organization with over 35 distinct types of operations including:

  • Emergency medical services, wildland fire fighting, 911 dispatch, police patrol, investigations, bomb squad, SWAT
  • Parks, pools, trails, sports facilities, recreation programs
  • Streets, engineering, construction, trash collection
  • Water service, sewer service, golf, conference center, performance venues
  • Destination marketing, legal, accounting, human resource management

The 2021 Adopted Budget totals $213 million and includes capital investment in transportation, utility infrastructure, improvements to the Lincoln Park Stadium, and $10 million in new First Responder Tax spending for the construction of Fire Station 8 and the addition of new public safety positions in the Police and Fire departments. The 2021 Adopted Budget authorizes 708 full-time employees. The majority of these employees are in public safety operations serving the community 24 hours per day, every day.

“The 2021 Adopted Budget is the culmination of the hard work of City Council and staff over several months,” Mayor Duke Wortmann stated. “The document is directly aligned with the strategic vision of the City Council, which makes it a robust plan for the City in 2021. Many of the projects included in this budget represent the City delivering on our first responder and transportation infrastructure promises to the community.”

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager | 970-244 1557 or

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